Baggio the 'Divine ponytail' remains inspirational as Brescia look to dent Milan's title ambitions

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Roberto Baggio has declared this to be his last season in Serie A but the most revered figure in Italian football of the last two decades still has a part to play in shaping the championship.

The swansong of the "divine ponytail" has been to help unfashionable Brescia to become established in the top flight and in that role he has a chance to dent Milan's title ambitions tomorrow afternoon.

Brescia take on Carlo Ancelotti's side at a moment when the leaders, Roma, are judged to be vulnerable despite a three-point advantage. Fabio Capello's team look to have lost some of their early-season verve and Milan fancy Sampdoria could pull off an upset in the Stadio Olimpico tomorrow. If Milan can overcome Baggio and company in Brescia's Stadio Rigamonti, the gap will be closed. However, Brescia are in fine form at the moment, having won at Lazio in their last game to go 10th and Baggio will undoubtedly be fired up for the meeting with one of his former clubs.

Should Baggio inspire a Brescia triumph, then Juventus could be beneficiaries. The Turin side, level on points with Milan, are at home to struggling Siena.

David Beckham is again a fitness doubt for Real Madrid's trip to Real Betis tomorrow after the capital club surrendered top spot in La Liga to Valencia last weekend. The England captain missed last weekend's surprise defeat at Real Sociedad with an ankle injury.

Valencia travel to Real Valladolid, while third-placed Deportivo La Coruña, with a six-point deficit to make up on the leaders, entertain struggling Real Zaragoza.

Edgar Davids could make his Barcelona debut as Frank Rijkaard's side seek a third successive win against Athletic Bilbao this evening.

Monaco, the runaway leaders in France, look to extend their stranglehold on the League by taking another three points away to mid-table Bastia today, while second-placed Paris St-Germain aim to maintain their three-point advantage over the champions Lyon with victory over Metz.Lyon's match against Montpellier is a must-win game if they want to keep their title hopes alive.

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